(Italiano) Extra vergine d’oliva toscano: fra eventi e qualità
by Nadia Fondelli – Autumn in Tuscany after the great labors of the harvest season of the fruits of the earth : chestnuts , truffles and extra virgin olive oil.
The olive tree is one of the very symbols of the Tuscan landscape , together with cypresses and rolling hills . And in these days when campaigns began collecting and pressing of the olives , an ancient ritual that is repeated for thousands of years , in ancient villages is celebrated with feasts ad hoc this great product.
Until December, there are very many festive occasions in Tuscany to celebrate the harvest of the fruits of this tree.
Great event that will be celebrated in the Crete Senesi , in San Quirico d’ Orcia , where he was born one of the most sought virgin of Tuscany, made today with the millstones . From December 5 to 8 can be tasted together with the oil all the local specialties : from Chianina beef authentic cheese. For those who want the opportunity is tempting to sign up for tasting courses , hiking in the olive groves , listening to music and the curious performances of street artists . And Sunday, December 8 , who will be able to book will arrive in the village with the historic Train Nature, from Siena, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Orcia Valley aboard vintage carriages .
Green Gold also starred on Monte Amiata , where the first snow of the sttagione came the tasting of zero kilometers , the challenges between local chefs and culinary tastings of new oil in Semproniano the weekend of 23 and 24 November .
But how will the extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany 2013
Quality ‘ superb and generous harvest in a few words , finally add … after two years below expectations , the first data (quantitative) of this new season confirm the predictions of a medium- good production that will be about 160,000 tons , an increase , albeit uneven, between 5% and 10% .
The production potentially certifiable as oil Toscano PGI , the main denomination of origin at the national level with over 11 thousand members, could reach 45 % ( with production traceability) , while the product actually inspected and certified is estimated to reach 35-40,000 tons .
To confirm the good year for olive growing are Coldiretti Tuscany and the Consortium for the Olio Toscano PGI during the official opening of the olive season 2013 to be ‘held at the farm in Traquanda Carras (Siena ) with the taste of oil first year.
The abundant flowering of last spring, despite being followed by heavy rains , gave – analyze Coldiretti and Consorzio Tutela Olio Toscano PGI – a good allegation and we can currently observe a ripening slightly later than in previous years .
” Thanks to the favorable weather conditions the oil will be of excellent quality both in terms of the acidity that the organoleptic characteristics ,” said Coldiretti Tuscany .
And then a few more days and then we can all bring to our tables the prized gold green Tuscan .